Feminist Analysis Of ' The Wife Of Bath '

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Feminism in the Wife of Bath The story of the Wife of Bath provides an insight to the role women were expected to play during the late middle ages. In the Prologue, Alice narrates her story guided by her life experience and religious beliefs. Alice is a reformed woman who goes against the patriarchal community’s expectation of women being suppressed by their men (Carter, 309). According to Kittredge (440), the wife of bath contradicts the church’s expectation that the wife should be loyal and holy because she is portrayed as evil and wicked. The story makes the parable of confession, whereby the wife uses a novel approach to confess to her audience about her gluttony and lust in her life (Cooper, 18). Alice tells a story that implies most women who lived during this era as unfaithful and evil with an aim to undermine their men. The Wife of Bath defies the religious and medieval churches belief that men should rule over women by being openly feministic. The Wife of Bath encompasses a number of stereotypical characteristics that prevailed in the society at the time. Alice embraces misogynist trait, which is expressed by her dislike for the men who despise women. Rigby (133) notes that the wife exhibits the misogamist traits that portray a lack of interest in marriage especially due to the oppression that women faced during the medieval times. Her stereotypical behaviors and attitudes portrayed the ideology of feminisms that emerged from the medieval period and proceeded
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